WATER Fundamentals

Executive Summary. Drinking Water Standards

Pure water is the single best investment you can make. I am really happy that the time has come for me to share this information. First have your water tested (buy a test from a hardware store or send it to a lab) to determine what health-related contaminants you need to filter out. Did you have the water tested when you moved in? If so you have a baseline guide for future water testing. Check for coliforms, calcium, copper, iron, lead, magnesium, nitrates, pH, sodium, sulfate, zinc and TDS. Then decide whether you want a faucet-mounted system, which is inexpensive and easy to install but requires frequent filter changes, or an in-line system, which mounts directly to your plumbing system. The latter is more costly but more comprehensive, and requires only occasional filter changes which may be more cost effective in the long run. When a whole house filtration system is installed the value of your home is increased. Buyers desire water filtration systems. Aside from delivering quality water a whole house filtration system also means better air quality. This is because of the chlorinated air that is released when you shower, wash dishes and clothes with chlorinated water. With a filter, you not only enjoy pure and clean water, but also better air quality as well! Although a single glass of water may not harm you upon drinking, remember it is the cumulative effect of consistent and gradual intake of hazardous toxins and chemicals that will eventually have adverse effects on your health. Contaminats can target your kidney, bladder,liver, reproductive organs and heart- leading to more serious and complicated problems. Chlorine in the body depletes Vitamin E and disrupts intestinal flora. Beyond ascetics you may be more susceptible to higher copper levels if you are suffering from liver-function problems.

The NSF is the source of filter ratings. Familiarizing yourself with these ratings will help you to see beyond the hyped up sales pitch that may be presented to you when you are about to buy a filter. Not to mention, what you can save when you avoid wasting money on a filter that doesn’t suit your needs. Avoid getting scammed; A filter manufacturer may claim their water filter system is NSF-certified when in fact the unit (not the filter) was certified.  Some housing units may be certified for integrity while the filter may not.   http://www.actewagl.com.au/water/quality/copper.aspx

Choose a SOLID_BLOCK CARBON FILTER to the NSF Standard that your home needs.

Request a Consumer Confidence Report (CCR) from your water district. Municipalities are now required to send these to homeowners yearly. This report will tell you about the water that is coming to your house.

http://www.metrovancouver.org/about/publications/Publications/QualityControlAnnualWaterReport2008-Vol1.pdf

http://doultonusa.com/Inorganic%20elements%20specs/B-2%20Element.pdf

http://www.ehow.com/how_16271_choose-water-filtration.html

    Consumer guide to water filters;

http://www.nrdc.org/water/drinking/gfilters.asphttp://www.nsf.org/business/drinking_water_treatment/standards.asp

    Standards are available at

www.epa.gov/water/laws.html

    .Toxic Substances Hydrology Program

http://nwql.usgs.gov

www.globaleducationproject.org. www.fluoridealert.org

Contaminants and health effects

http://www.multipureco.com/Health%20Effects%20of%20Water%20Pollutants.pdf

Good-luck and Good-Health!

 

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